Monday, October 6, 2014

Burqa Banished Behind Glass

From my latest post for Global Voices Online: Burqa Banished Behind Glass in Australian Parliament
There have been strong reactions to a decision on 2 October 2014 by the presiding officers of the Australian parliament concerning the burqa.

The current controversy should be seen in the context of:

  • The raising of the National Terrorism Public Alert level from Medium to High, “that points to the increased likelihood of a terrorist attack”.

  • High profile security raids with subsequent terrorism charges.

  • The stabbing of two police officers by a Muslim youth who was shot dead.

  • Australia’s military participation in the coalition against the so-called Islamic State.

  • New, tougher anti-terrorism laws that have been condemned by some as striking “at the heart of press freedom”.

  • Twitter was ablaze with lots of opposition to and some support for the proposal.

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